Muckle vs Wad - What's the difference?

muckle | wad |

As nouns the difference between muckle and wad

is that muckle is (chiefly|scotland) a great amount while wad is an amorphous, compact mass.

As verbs the difference between muckle and wad

is that muckle is (us|dialectal) to latch onto something with the mouth while wad is to crumple or crush into a compact, amorphous shape or ball.

As an adjective muckle

is (archaic|outside|northumbria|and|scotland) large, massive.




  • (chiefly, Scotland) A great amount.
  • Derived terms

    * many a mickle makes a muckle


    (en adjective)
  • (archaic, outside, Northumbria, and, Scotland) Large, massive.
  • * , song A Pair o Nicky-tams :
  • She clorts a muckle piece [sandwich] tae me, wi' different kinds o' jam,
    An' tells me ilka nicht that she admires my Nicky Tams.
  • (archaic, outside, Northumbria, and, Scotland) Much.
  • Verb

  • (US, dialectal) To latch onto something with the mouth.
  • * {{quote-book, 1954, Elizabeth Ogilvie, The Dawning of the Day citation
  • , passage= And how'd she get such a holt on you, Terence Campion, let alone the way she's muckled onto those Bennetts?}}
  • * {{quote-book, 2002, William G. Wilkoff, The Maternity Leave Breastfeeding Plan, isbn=0743213459 citation
  • , passage=Another technique for the baby who is having trouble muckling on involves a breast or nipple shield.}}
  • * {{quote-book, 2004, William J. Vande Kopple, The Catch: Families, Fishing, and Faith, page=18, isbn=0802826776 citation
  • , passage=When an exhausted sucker is hauled to the top of The Wall, usually its muckling circle of a mouth goes into a frenzied sucking spasm.}}
  • (rare) To talk big; to exaggerate.
  • * {{quote-book, 1896, , The Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan, year_published=1941
  • , passage=I told him all, / Both bad and good; / I bade him call — / He said he would: / I added much — the more I muckled , / The more that chuckling chummy chuckled! }}


    * (to talk big) mickle


    * * * Geordie English



    (wikipedia wad)

    Alternative forms

    * (l) (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • An amorphous, compact mass.
  • Our cat loves to play with a small wad of paper.
  • A substantial pile (normally of money).
  • With a wad of cash like that, she should not have been walking round Manhattan
  • A soft plug or seal, particularly as used between the powder and pellets in a shotgun cartridge.
  • (slang) A sandwich.
  • (vulgar, slang) An ejaculate of semen.
  • (mineralogy) Any black manganese oxide or hydroxide mineral rich rock in the oxidized zone of various ore deposits.
  • Derived terms

    * (ejaculate) blow one's wad, shoot one's wad

    See also

    * (Wad)


  • To crumple or crush into a compact, amorphous shape or ball.
  • She wadded up the scrap of paper and threw it in the trash.
  • (Ulster) To wager.
  • To insert or force a wad into.
  • to wad a gun
  • To stuff or line with some soft substance, or wadding, like cotton.
  • to wad a cloak


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